Snowmelt on the Pond

January 22nd, 2007

It did snow over the weekend… not much, but enough to appreciate winter instead of simply being cold!  Of course the boy’s excitement eclipsed that of his parents, and he had a chance to play.  The temperatures were actually quite warm, hovering right above freezing during the day, and the pond ice began to melt (it has only been frozen for a week, since the last round of cold temps). 

The pond is finally at maximum water level… last year’s drought took it 5 feet down, and it didn’t start to fill back up until mid December. But it’s interesting to see the ice melting, and for the life of me I can’t figure out why a few holes appear in the ice at different locations around the pond.  Anyone know?  They appear first as small circles, almost like there are warmer upwelling currents or some gentle temperature difference in the water at that particular spot. Who knows where that would come from.  A small spring perhaps? No objects were thrown, and no tree debris fell there, it just “happens.”  Then cracks spider out from the holes as you can see below. 

Pond Snow Melting

Very strange, but my curiosity desires a scientific explanation… someone please render a few hypotheses! Ah well, the mysteries of nature.  If the ice were really frozen the last few weeks we would try a little ice fishing… but that doesn’t happen very often in Missouri!  Not cold enough for long enough… and that’s probably a good thing. :)

2 Responses to “Snowmelt on the Pond”

  1. Jeff Rigden

    How could get a copy of “Snowmelt on the Pond” in a high resolution format? I think it’s beautiful and I would love to print it and frame it for myself.

  2. Jeff- I’ve haven’t paid attention to the site lately! Sorry… Goodness, it’s not one of my better pictures, but I can send it to you if you’d like? :)

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